- You have to start by having the correct tools and some knowledge in their use - see Knowledge Base - Tools needed to set up and customise phpBB.
- You will need to be able to use FTP, see above for suggestions.
- It would be advantageous to be able to use a plain text editor but not 100% necessary to start.
- A working knowledge of cPanel or whatever your host supplies for file manipulation would be good.
- A working knowledge of phpMyAdmin could help.
- You will need ALL the information supplied by the host for your domain.
Armed with the above have another read of the KB I posted a link to earlier and follow it exactly. For items 2-5 there are plenty of tutorials available on the internet.
Please note: It is not recommended to use host supplied one-click installers and updaters as they’re known to cause issues.
For spam protection see Preventing Spam in phpBB3
. I recommend you use the built in Q&A to control spam and how to use it Knowledge Base - How to configure Q&A CAPTCHA.